Skip to comments.After Mike Bloomberg´s rule for hospitals, FDA panel votes to restrict use of painkillers
Posted on 01/25/2013 3:39:41 PM PST by Nachum
Federal Drug Administration advisers voted today to restrict access to certain kinds of prescription drugs in an effort to fight drug abuse. The vote had experts divided over the risk of drug abuse as weighed against the risk of increased pain or difficulty for patients on the medication. It will have an impact on a lot of patients who have been receiving them for some time for legitimate purposes, Dr. Lynn Webster, president-elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, said per Health Day News ahead of the vote. The FDA rule change is designed to implement
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Most pain clinics require that patients come in for monthly appointments to receive class 2 or 3 controlled substances for chronic pain. Urine drug testing is required at each visit for patients on opioids. Patients testing positive for illegal drugs may not receive narcotics for chronic pain. Lost or stolen meds or prescriptions are no excuse. Patients failing to come in for pill counts are discharged.
True, these policies are not required by law, but to remain in practice, strict policies and monitoring are absolutely necessary. The DEA is a powerful federal agency and agents are rewarded with promotion when they close down practices. Sting operations are conducted against doctors using ‘patient’ informants who are guilty of drug crimes. These informants work with the DEA against doctors to get reduced sentences. Furthermore, there are numerous examples of federal prosecutors seeking to gain notoriety. Convictions in federal court exceed 95%, no doubt because of jury intimidation by federal prosecutors, so no doctor wants to expose himself to this type of risk.
As they say, sh’**rolls downhill. If the doctor is under pressure, the patient will also suffer the consequences.
Bloomberg needs to do a Charlie Crist and go back to being a democrat...
They can keep their pain killers for back issues TORADOL works better, faster, and is a NSAID. It is what they give the ball players who pull muscles on the court, works fast.
BTW this hospital did not even have PILLOWS.
THEN AGAIN I TAKE MY OWN MEDS WITH ME, WHY PAY THEIR PRICES.
I spent 2 trips in the ER with 1 over night and one 3 day on liquid GAG diet, so salty NO ONE could eat it. Drank the tea and juice and left the rest to melt, broth had an inch of FAT on top too.
Was ordered 2 strange drugs Bentyl...swelled my lips, tingling of lips and leg, confusion, dizzyiness had to be carried to the bathroom. Second drug CYTOTEC..supposedly to coat/protect the stomach...now I take 2- 40 mg Nexium per day as is so why would I need more....THIS IS AN ABORTION DRUG! I was in for ABDOMEN PAIN, and the IDIOT PCP tries to give me a ABORTION DRUG.
ME THE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN...I had my tablet with me and checked the crap out.
Poorly written. When do these new rules take effect? And if, as it says in the article, it passed the Senate but was killed in the house, doesn’t that imply they need an act of Congress to do this?
I think when they stick you on a liquid diet, the broth should not have SALT as the first ingredient and FAT as the second, and that Jello should taste like jello and pop cycles like pop cycles and not leave an after taste in your mouth.
NO one ask me if I was on a LOW SODIUM or LOW CHOLESTEROL diet.
You should know that many drugs have multiple uses. Cytotecs primary use is, and not supposedly, to prevent gastrointestinal problems, i.e. ulsers caused by the use of strong nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. You are correct that it is sometimes used as an abortifacient but it is also used to induce labor, to prevent and treat post-partum hemorrhage and also to treat miscarriages where the baby had died in uterus but no labor has occurred to expel the already dead fetus, i.e. not a spontaneous miscarriage, a very real and life threatening condition for the mother. Of course Cytotec should never be administered to a pregnant woman unless under certain circumstances in a low dosage to induce labor. Since Im guessing you were not pregnant at the time of your ER visit and that one of the first things a doctor will ask any woman of child baring age is if there is any possibility that she might be pregnant before proscribing any drug, that Cytotec was not contraindicated for you given your symptoms.
As far as Bentyl, it is not a strange drug at all. It is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome and helps to reduce the symptoms of stomach and intestinal cramping. Since you had abdominal pain severe enough for you to go to the ER, I presume this is why it was ordered for you. Yes, like many drugs, it has side effects in some people who take it, dry mouth and dizziness among them. It sounds like you had some fairly severe side effects and probably shouldnt take it but that doesnt mean its a bad drug, that all people who take it have such side effects or that it isnt useful for treating severe intestinal cramping.
You should also be aware that Nexium has side effects as well: headache, diarrhea and abdominal pain.
I cant address your complaints about bad hospital food however. ; (
Well Bentyl was a strange drug to me, and I had one whale of a bad reaction to just 1 in a matter of 2 minutes. I already was in terrible ab pain, why give me a drug that would cause more? 2 Nexium 40mg has controlled the acid reflux caused by all the Osteo A & P drugs they have tried, which have horrid GI side effects on me. I am one of the most drug sensitive people, especially if it has to do with GI or muscles.
He did not tell me what the drugs were for, or I would have politely declined the Cytotec on RELIGIOUS grounds.
My PCP is a one drug doctor CHOLESTEROL, says I box him in, NO he boxes himself in by trying to force me to take GI or muscle side effect drugs which he is just guessing at will work.
State of TN pain docs do just what u describe
I get 20 mg of Percocet/day and i do that.....
Neck injections etc
Here in TN all your legal dope scripts are on a program reviewed by every drugstore
Been like that for years
They used to update monthly....but now weekly